- posted 9 years ago
Betsy made a summer version of the old Le Cirque pasta primavera
Monday, served with the 2008 Edmunds St John "Bone Jolly" Gamay rose.
A variety of red fleshed fruits- cherries, strawberries, watermelon-
but more centered on some mineral and herb notes. Refreshing, no signs
of reduction in my bottle, clean. B+
Yesterday was Dave's 22nd, and we had his girlfriend, another couple
of his friends, his aunt, and his cousins over for dinner. She tried
to make some of David's favorite foods while paying attention to
other's eating habits. As people arrived, we had out a simple platter
with soppresata, hummus, cheese, etc. Just before we sat down I
planned on a quick toast, with some cava I had sent to NH with Betsy
that wasn't used. Except when I opened something red came out-
apparently when I made her concert week goodie box I had mistaken a
Lambrusco for a Cava with a similar dark label. Too bad I didn't have
out with the soppresata! NV Venturini Baldini "Roncolo" Lambrusco. Off-
dry, pretty froth, blackberry jam and red plum. Simple and easy. B/B-
First course was lobster rolls, with the 2008 Savary "Fourchaume"
Chablis 1er Cru. Nice hefty Chablis, apples, lemon, and chalk, classic
and appealing. B+
Main course was a stroganoff salad, basically a room temp version of
beef stroganoff (but Betsy made a large bowl to which she didn't add
the grilled skirt steak as we had 4 non beef eaters) along with an
absolutely smashing vegetable torta (squash, eggplant, asiago, tomato,
1988 Ch. Hortevie (St Julien)
I had a backup (R-Segla), but this was surprisingly dark and fresh
looking as decanted. I was worried it would show it's age, but it had
handled 22 years well. The issue was not age but just complexity- this
was quite foursquare and lacking charm. Good dark cassis fruit, still
some tannins, but rather short and lacking in the development would
would want from mature St. Julien. If you served blind and told me a
6-10 year old Bordeaux AC would have seemed reasonable. C+/B-
2008 Guion "Cuvee Domaine"
A nice sloppy kiss of a wine, fruit forward and easy going, fresh red
fruits, good acidity, earthy with air. B/B+
Betsy's sister brought a carrot cake, and we also enjoyed the
1988 Jos. Christoffel Jr. Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese*.
Applesauce, peach, herbs (one young lady thought it was distinctly
dill, I was getting a greener toned herb more tarragonish), petrol,
light hints of botrytis. Nice pleasant wine, but I'd have appreciated
a bit more acidity (the few '88s I've had before had good zip) and a
little more minerality or complexity to finish. Still, holding well
and no sign of downturn. B
Not a standout night for wine, but nice to share the time with Dave
and family and friends who love him.
Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent
wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I wouldn't
drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no
promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.